Most marrow donor programmes rely on the family and friends of patients, or an occasional event, to recruit new donors. But this requires a huge number of man-hours and usually only yields a few dozen registrations.
But by making marrow registration a part of an everyday act, and a part of a mass-produced consumer product, we’re reaching a huge, new audience and reinventing the way marrow registration is done.
The Marrow Donor Registry desperately needs more people. But, unfortunately, they’re not making it easy on themselves. Today registering as a marrow donor is a complicated and confusing process. When really it’s as easy as sending in your name and a couple drops of blood.
So we set out to recruit thousands of new donors by making this process incredibly simple. To remove all the barriers by, instead, catching people while they’re already bleeding.
We put a simple marrow registry kit into a box of over-the-counter bandages, and turned an everyday act into a chance to save a life.
Since its launch Help I want to save a life has been seen by over 50m people. From the most innovative minds in the world at this year’s TED conference, to mainstream news outlets, business publications, medical journals, tech media and the design community.
Help’s bandage sales have increased by 1,900%. And new orders have been placed by some of the nation’s largest retailers – including Target, Walgreens and Duane Reade – forging new relationships for Help Remedies.
But, most importantly, since the day we launched the number of marrow donor registrations has triple